Professor: Jessica Price
CRN 15402: Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-5:50pm @ ANS 195
Through a series of readings, guided discussions, and student-generated analysis of caselaw, this course examines the evolving standards of civil rights in higher education. Students will explore the existence and basis for enforcement of core civil rights that are challenged in lawsuits involving institutions of higher education, such as due process, privacy, discrimination, and free speech. The course will focus on constitutional law as interpreted through judicial opinions. Discussions will be rooted in critical analysis of barriers to the enforcement of individual rights, the highly disputed application of the state action doctrine, and qualified immunity. The course will consist of interactive lectures and discussions that require active student engagement, presentations, and facilitation of class conversation. The course touches upon some of the core concepts taught in Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, including police practices and discrimination, but demonstrates their evolution in the higher education context, through the lens of student and faculty rights.